December 17, 2013

A New Textile: "Swoops"


Swoops, hand dyed wool on linen; 2 pieces: 14 1/2 x 14, 5 x 4 1/2 in. ; 14 1/2 x 15 overall.


After making a couple of textiles with very simple designs, I had a yen to go for the complex. I had some sketches combining illusionistic parts with flat shapes and chose the one you see above on the left. As I looked at the sketch, I thought it'd be interesting to add another element, one that added an opposite movement to the curved green form, so I drew the small curve. I like the opposing energies. I should tell you that the yellow shape really should have been a straight line, but for some reason, after I'd hooked the wool, it had a curve. Luckily the curve was opposed to the curve of the green shape, so it works anyway (I think). 


Swoops detail


Here's a detail which makes the illusion of the piece clear: all is flat, with just hue/value and hooking direction, along with outline, to give a sense of form.


Swoops detail


And here's the separate reddish pink form, looking as though it is bulging outward.


8 comments:

  1. I really like the dynamics of this piece. I find that it presents dialogue which can be interpreted in a couple of ways. I think that the red element adds so much.

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  2. The palette knocks me out. Fecund creativity and a great color sense.

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  3. Thanks, Olga and Deborah, your positive comments are much appreciated.

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  4. You've outdone yourself here Altoon, this piece really sings!

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  5. the trippier you get, the better!

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